Local art lovers stroll through Little Italy in last year’s ArtWalk. Photo by Paul Nestor

The 34th annual Mission Federal ArtWalk is expected to draw 350 artists and more than 100,000 visitors to Little Italy this weekend.

The streets of the downtown neighborhood will be lined with artists booths, live-music venues, food and drinks on Saturday and Sunday in what has become the largest fine arts festival in Southern California.

Visitors will find national and international artists showing virtually every medium, including painting, sculpture, glass work, photography and fine jewelry.

“No matter if you’re an avid art collector or just starting a collection, there is something for you to enjoy and experience,” said Sandi Cottrell, director of ArtWalk. “Our mission is to make the possibility of owning fine art available to everyone, and the festival’s welcoming environment helps facilitate that connection.”

Cottrell said visitors are encouraged to express themselves through the festival’s interactive art experiences and suggested they may uncover talents they never knew they had.

The event takes place over 17 blocks between Ash and Grape Streets from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29.

Attendance is free. Visitors are encourage to park on the periphery of Little Italy or take the San Diego Trolley to the Little Italy station.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.